I am Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and lead the Neurocognition and Emotion in Affective Disorders (NEAD) Group based at the Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. The NEAD group bridges the areas of neuropsychology, psychiatry and neuroscience and aims to develop new biological and psychological treatments targeting cognitive dysfunction in depression and bipolar disorder and to delineate with neuroimaging and neuropsychological tests the mechanisms of established and novel candidate treatments. We also use the unique Danish registers to study the effects of genetic risk of affective disorder on neural and behavioural measures of cognitive function, emotional processing and emotion regulation in healthy twins with an affected or healthy co-twin (high- versus low-risk). This will create new insights into illness etiology and may aid earlier detection and correct treatment in the future. The NEAD group has close international collaborations with research groups at University of Oxford, the Max Planck Institute and University of Pittsburgh.
I have a degree in Clinical Psychology (2006) from University of Copenhagen with my dissertation on multidisciplinary research on depression, which received the university gold medal, and an MSc (with Distinction) (2004) and a DPhil (PhD) (2008) from University of Oxford in Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry. I am currently professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry at the Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen, and at the Psychiatric Center Copenhagen, Copenhagen University Hospital, Rigshospitalet. I conduct a number of clinical and experimental studies in patients with affective disorders using clinical ratings, neurocognitive testing and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Alongside my research I have received training in and worked with cognitive behavioural therapy of patients with depression or bipolar disorder and qualified as clinical psychologist in 2011.